chris campau: vocals, guitar and various instruments plus additional musicians where noted in enclosed notes 1. another day 5:34 2. let the blood run 4:26 3. final hour 3:38 4. banjo jig 1:52 5. nothing’s the same 3:09 6. you fly 2:45 7. borderline 7:29 8. young generation :49 9. the insurance song 2:53 10. hold on to your horses 5:04 11. that’s life 3:13 12. one step at a time 4:36 13. power of now 4:36 14. guitar and piano 1:21 15. i ain’t dead 2:48 16. audio 06_114 5:06 doncampau.com
Chris Campau The Joy We Have notes
1. Another Day Chris: vocals, guitar Barry Phillips: cello, production Barry Phillips recorded Chris singing this song on a portable Nagra tape recorder in 1974. Then, in 2012 and 2013 added cello parts. A wonderful song that Chris himself never heard ( at least in this version) but I will bet would have loved. 2. Let The Blood Run Chris: vocals, guitar Recorded in Denmark 1990-1 on Chris’ cassette 4 track. 3. Final Hour Chris Campau: vocals, guitar Chris recorded a couple of versions of this song. This one is from 2001-2 and was from a cassette tape for our father, Don Campau, called “Son To The Father” 4. Banjo Jig recorded in San Jose on 4-6-76 with Chris on banjo and Don on guitar. 5. Nothing’s The Same Chris : vocals, guitar from 1990-1 6. You Fly Chris: vocals, guitar recorded in Santa Rosa in 2003. Robin sings, Don on organ and vocals. 7. Borderline Chris: vocals, guitar from 2002. 8. Young Generation a short sketch for a tune that was never fully recoded. 1990-1. 9. The Insurance Song Chris: vocals, guitar recorded in San Jose in 1994 with Don on guitar. 10. Hold On To Your Horses Chris Campau: vocals, guitar Recorded in Denmark from 2002 with his friend Russ Njust on background vocals. 11. That’s Life Chris doing karaoke of a standard. 2013 at home in Denmark.
12. One Step At A Time Chris: vocals, guitar Denmark, 2008 with Russ Njust on background vocals. 13. Power Of Now Chris: vocals, guitar with Don on lead guitar and bass. 2007 in Santa Rosa. 14. Guitar And Piano recorded in Los Gatos CA in 1974. Chris on guitar, Don on piano. 15. I Ain’t Dead Chris Campau: vocals, guitar, effects; Greg Gray: lyrics From a long distance collaboration project Chris and Greg were working on in 2013. 16. Audio 06_114ac Chris: guitar Recorded on July 28, 2013 at home in Ry, Denmark, this may be the last thing Chris ever recorded passing only a week after this was done.
Chris Campau : August 24, 1956- August 6, 2013 Chris was an inspiration to me in many, deep ways. Even though he was 4 years younger I often looked to him for advice and a thoughtful word. He taught me to sing although I’m not sure he realized this. I admired how he could open his heart with his voice and I copied that later. In the early 1970’s he would often sing with his friends or solo in Los Gatos, California in various places . He was into British folk ballads at the time and performed them often with Dave Leskovsky, Greg Gray, the late Chris Reader, Joe Menichetti and others locally. In the early days we would also just sit around and jam on guitars: blues, folk, british, ethnic style/ fusion jamming with heavy John McLaughlin influences. He had a very unique style when he played which showed up in his songs as odd meter, strange chord patterns and picking which drove his later songs in an unusual way. Later, after he moved to Denmark in the late 1970’s I knew less about the music he was singing or recording. I went to Denmark in 1991 and asked him for a tape of songs which he gladly made for me. A couple of those songs appear on this album. I don’t think he ever “released” them in any public way. He just didn’t do this much with his very personal and humble material. When he would bring his family to California to visit we would often recorded some fun jams and songs. There are also a couple of those on this CD as well. He also made music with his Danish friends, Russ and Tom. I think there was some deep connections because of this. That’s one thing Chris could easily do: connect with others. He could be immediately engaging with strangers and to people he knew well there was a strong, spiritual presence that could be leaned on when needed. Even though he lived many thousand miles away for most of his life, whenever we would talk on the phone or we would see each other it was like we just picked up from where we had last left our conversation. To me, he was never far psychically. Whenever we would see each other Chris would always make the “lesser than” ( <) sign with his hands to me in a humble tribute to how great he thought I was. I certainly never felt that way but it was our in joke. Chris, you will always be >. Don Campau December 2013
Reviewer:TOM E COOK
September 5, 2019 Subject:
The Joy of Chris
I know you’re not into ratings Chris. So I’ll refrain from giving you any type of stars. But listening to your music and having played some of these songs (and many others) with you it is quite hard to hear but sublime nonetheless. You’ve affected many of our lives in a powerful way and we miss you my good friend.